£9,000 raised and a canoe-ful of food: church's 'gift weekend'
- Credit: St Nicholas Church
A Norfolk church celebrated St Nicholas Day on December 6 by holding a ‘gift weekend’ to raise vital funds for its future, as well as food for the mid-Norfolk foodbank.
Monetary gifts towards the funding of St Nicholas Church in Dereham were collected at the same time as donations for the foodbank were placed into a canoe, which by the end of the weekend was over-flowing.
A canoe was used because St Nicholas was the patron saint of sailors.
“Thanks to the amazing generosity of the congregation, we raised £9,000 and a boat-load of food.” said Revd. Paul Cubitt.
“The challenge of this year," he said, "is that we’ve had no events, no fund-raising, nothing - so people’s generosity has enabled us to meet all of our obligations, which is fantastic."
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‘Messy church’ activity bags were also given to local children, containing craft activities and treats.
"The church normally holds its own ‘messy church’ event on-site, but coronavirus had made that impossible to manage this year.
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